Rep. Steve King race baits Obama
During an interview on his radio show on Monday, Georgetown professor Michael Eric Dyson and I got into a friendly tussle over whether President Obama needed to have a specific "black agenda."
"So what you're saying is that the president has to have an identifiable and named 'black agenda'," I said to Dyson, who quickly countered, "Oh, he doesn't have to name it. He's just got to have an identifiable -- I'm just saying he's got to have help for black people. You could call it the 'substitute Caucasian plan.' It doesn't even make a difference what you call it."
"But then what ends up happening is the president is then criticized for playing favorites," I said. "And that is the problem that he most assuredly would have."
That same day, as if to prove my point -- with no proof of his own -- Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) accused the president of just that on G. Gordon Liddy's radio show.
When you look at this administration, I'm offended by Eric Holder and the president also, their posture. It looks like Eric Holder said that white people in America are cowards when it comes to race. And I don't know what the basis of that is, but I'm not a coward when it comes to that, and I'm happy to talk about these things, and I think we should. But the president has demonstrated that he has a default mechanism in him that breaks down the side of race -- on the side that favors the black person.
Attorney General Eric Holder may have been inartful. But his "coward" critique applied to all Americans, blacks and whites alike -- and it wasn't off-the-mark.
Anyway, King's nutty comments led candidates in Colorado to cancel campaign events with him this weekend. But he is unrepentant and unbowed.
I have no regrets about what I said. I stand by what I said, because what I said is accurate. It's factual....I don't want anybody to think that Steve King loses a minute's sleep over this."
I told my people here that handle my media: "Let's let this cook for a couple of days and see if this pot will come to a boil." I don't want to put it away in the first day because I think the American people need to have this debate about what appears to me to be an inclination on the part of the White House and the Justice Department and perhaps others within the administration to break on the side of favoritism with regard to race.
Imagine what folks would say if there were concrete (read: real) examples of racial favoritism. Notice that King neglected to list any. He didn't because there aren't any. Obama ran a race-blind campaign. So blind that he only addressed the issue of race after past sermons of his former pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright threatened to kill his candidacy. And he has governed the way a president should govern: without fear or favor of one race over another.
Maybe King should get on the phone with his colleagues in the Congressional Black Caucus. They have squawked that Obama lacks a black agenda. And they're echoing the sentiment in some parts of their districts and in some segments of the African American community that believe the first black president should put black people first.
As I said on Dyson's show, anyone who insists that Obama push a "black agenda," one that separates the needs of African Americans from the overall needs of all Americans, is guaranteeing Obama will serve one term. King would see to that.
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